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The Bride Wore…Black?

Hello-Hello! We are ever-so-grateful to be back with our treasured readers, power has been restored to The Prepatorium, that was a tad more excitement than we needed when returning from our mini-getaway.

New York Bridal Week just wrapped up, there were some lovely styles shown and we hope to share more of them later this week. But today we wanted to take a look at several of Vera Wang’s wedding dresses, as the designer took a different approach for many of her fall 2012 frocks.

Vera Wang Courtesy Images

The gowns show all of Ms. Wang’s signature traits, luxurious fabrics, lots of volume, ruffles and ruching, many (many) layers.

Vera Wang Courtesy Photos

There were also black overlays atop nude.

Vera Wang Courtesy Photos

The gowns are simply gorgeous, that much is obvious, Ms. Wang knows her craft. This is not her first foray into colors other than white, not at all. But it is the only time I recall seeing a host of black bridal gowns, these were not intended as bridesmaid’s dresses.  I imagine that if black gowns become popular it will be seen as an outgrowth of the recession, although that seems ludicrous, anyone purchasing a Vera Wang dress is not likely to be feeling a pinch to their pocketbook. Your thoughts ladies….? New and cool, or just too outré?

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Also today, a few Sales and Savings opportunities we thought you might find intriguing. First, Lord and Taylor’s ‘Friends & Family’ promotion is underway, offering 25% off most merchandise. The nice thing about the L & T sale is the inclusion of beauty and cosmetics. The promo code is FRIENDS.

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Saks is also doing Friends and Family, the discount is 20% off, but cosmetics are not included in the promotion this year.

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In fact, the list of merchandise excluded from the offer is lengthy (referred to as ‘novel length’ by our friend Whale Flip Flops), here is the list: 

*Designer exclusions: 3.1 Phillip Lim Initials, 3.1 Phillip Lim shoes and handbags, 51Fifteen Restaurant and Lounge, Akris apparel and handbags, A.L.C., Alexander McQueen, Alexandra Neel, Alexander Wang, Alexandre Birman, Altuzarra, Ann Demeulemeester, Anya Hindmarch, Araks apparel, Azzedine Alaïa, Balenciaga, Be & D, Beatrix Ong shoes, BeeQueen, Behnaz Sarafpour, Belstaff, Bottega Veneta, Boy by Band of Outsiders, B Brian Atwood, Brian Atwood, Bridal Salon, Bridal Sample Sale, Brioni, Brunello Cucinelli, Buccellati, Bugaboo, Burberry Prorsum apparel, Bulgari, Cacharel, Camilla Skovgaard, Canada Goose, Cartier, Cartier Vintage, Celine, Chado Ralph Rucci, CHANEL, Charbonnel et Walker, Charvet, Chloé shoes and handbags, Chopard, Christian Louboutin, Christian Siriano, Christopher Kane, Comme des Garcons Play, Comme des Garçons, Consignment Jewelry Collections, Corum watches, Costume National apparel and shoes, David Yurman, De La Cour watches, Deos watches, Derek Lam apparel, shoes and handbags, Dior, Dior Homme, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan shoes, Doo.Ri apparel, Dries Van Noten, Drome, DSquared, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Edmundo Castillo, Elie Saab, Elisanero, Emilio Pucci, Emporio Armani, Erdem apparel, Etro, Fendi, Gareth Pugh, Garrard, Giambattista Valli, Georgina Goodman, girl. by Band of Outsiders, Giuseppe Zanotti, Givenchy shoes, Gryson, Gucci, H. Stern, Haider Ackermann, Halston, Haversack, Hermès, men’s Hunter, Isaia, Isaac Mizrahi apparel, Issey Miyake apparel, J. Mendel, Jason Wu, Jay Strongwater furniture, Jean Colonna, Jerome C. Rousseau, Jerome Dreyfuss handbags, Jil Sander, Jil Sander Navy, Jimmy Choo, John Allan Men’s Grooming Salon, Jonathan Kelsey, Junya Watanabe, Katherine Kwei, Kaufman Franco, Kenzo, Kiton, Lanvin, Lila Castellaneta, Little Marc Jacobs, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Lux Collections, MCM, men’s Mackage, MacKenzie-Childs, Maison Martin Margiela men’s and women’s apparel, women’s shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories, Manolo Blahnik, Marc Jacobs, Marchesa Couture, Mario Schwab, Marni, Martin Grant apparel, Marsell shoes, Martin Lawrence Art Gallery, Max Kibardin shoes, Max Mara, Miu Miu, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela shoes and handbags, Moncler, Moschino shoes and handbags, Neil Barrett, Nicholas Kirkwood, Nina Ricci, Ohne Titel, Opening Ceremony, Oscar de la Renta apparel, shoes and special orders, Paul Smith, Penfield, Peter Pilotto, Peter Shoiket, Peter Som, Pollini Shoes, Pomelatto, Prada, Prada Sport, Prabal Gurung, Premier Salons gift cards and products, Pringle, Proenza Schouler apparel and shoes, Rachel Roy apparel, Ralph Lauren Collection and jewelry, men’s Ralph Lauren Black Label and Purple Label, Reed Krakoff, Rene Caovilla, Rick Owens, Rick Owens Dark Shadow, Rick Owens Lilies, Ritmo Mvndo watches, Robert Clergerie shoes, Roberto Cavalli apparel, Rochas, Roger Dubuis watches, Roger Vivier, Rupert Sanderson shoes, Sacai, Sacai Luck, Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, Sergio Rossi, Simon Spurr, Sophie Theallet apparel, Special Delivery to 10022-SHOE, Special Orders, select St. John, Stella McCartney, Stephane Verdino, Suno, The Fur Salon Store and Alterations, Thakoon, Tivoli, Tod’s, Toy Watch, UGG Australia, Valentino, Versace handbags, men’s Viktor & Rolf, Vionnet, Watch and Jewelry Repair, Yohji Yamamoto, Yves Saint Laurent shoes and handbags, Zac Posen handbags, Zegna, Zenith watches, Zenobia and Zuhair Murad. Designer exclusions may differ in stores and online.
Exclusions apply for Saks.com only: Acne, Donna Karan apparel, Ippolita, L’Agence, men’s Maison Martin Margiela shoes, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela apparel, Mikimoto and T by Alexander Wang.

Now, to be fair, a case can be made that Saks carries more high end merchandise that has restrictions imposed by the vendor; that is almost always the source of the exclusion, a condition of selling the merchandise can be that discounts are not allowed at all, or not permitted above a certain percentage off retail. If shopping at Saks, use promo code FRIEND9 for the discount.

As a comparison, here is the Lord & Taylor list:

The following exclusions apply to this offer:

25% OFF regular & sale promo code: FRIENDS excludes: Lunch break!™
REGULAR & SALE PRICE ITEMS FROM Allen Edmonds, Aquatalia, Coach, Converse, Ecco, FitFlop, Frye, Hunter, Jeffrey Campbell, Johnston & Murphy, Marc by Marc Jacobs shoes, Merrell, Movado, Nicole Miller Bridal, Tag Heuer, Tumi & Ugg; men’s Cole Haan shoes, men’s Lacoste shoes.
DEPARTMENTS: Diamond solitaire rings and special event promotions in Fine Jewelry; charity-related merchandise; Smart Value items & gift cards. Not valid on Limited-Day Specials & selected special sale events.

The Saks exclusion list is hefty by any standards. Our thanks to Lila at Madison Avenue Spy for pointing out the distinction about cosmetics being excluded from the Saks sale this year.

On that note we say goodbye until next time, we’re still playing catch-up here in the office!

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Talbots New Face, & Is It Joint Custody for a Gossip Guy?

Hello-Hello, welcome to another delightful day at the Prepatorium, where the sun is shining brightly and the grounds are drying out after this weekend’s torrential downpours.

There is so much happening we offer numerous Bits & Bytes we hope you find to be moderately interesting, beginning with news that Talbots has upped the ante when it comes to their marketing plans, hiring 90’s supermodel Linda Evangelista.

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Above we show Ms. Evangelista in December of last year. Here’s more from the Page Six story:

“Talbots chief marketing officer Lori Wagner said of Evangelista “She possesses this timeless yet spontaneous glamour that’s irresistible in our minds.”

In a StyleList story Ms. Wagner refers to the model as “perfection,” adding:

“”For our 40-to-45-year-old customer, when you say Linda Evangelista, there’s a reaction.”

Look for promotional and marketing materials featuring Ms. Evangelista sometime in August, as well as in the oversized September issues of fashion magazines.  (With apologies to our Facebook Fans who may have already seen our mention of this.)

In Gossip Girl news, something many readers are likely to have already seen, the Chace Crawford mug shot.

Image Courtesy Plano (TX) Police

Mr. Crawford was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge in his hometown of Plano, Texas.  The incident took place in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Rafa Nadal won his fifth French Open yesterday, retaining his “King of Clay” honor.

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Mr. Nadal is seen above being congratulated by ball boys and girls after his big win at Roland Garros.

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Last night’s MTV Movie Awards offered many interesting style choices, as always. Perhaps one of the funniest moments involved Tom Cruise performing with Jennifer Lopez.

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That really is Tom Cruise; he was reprising his own Len Grossman character from “Tropic Thunder“.

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Twilight was a big winner; above we see Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner on stage at the Awards. (Nay-nay, TP was not caught watching MTV, we merely trawled this morning’s newsfeeds seeking tidbits for our cherished readers.)

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In other style news, Details magazine offers a look at “Three Quintessentially American Fashion Archetypes“. Can you guess the first style under discussion?

Courtesy Details

Of course, it is ‘prep’.

Another magazine looking at the prep aesthetic, Lucky, in its June issue.

Courtesy Lucky

Happy reading.

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One other literary tidbit of note, not at all newsy to many fashion followers, and something heavily covered by most of the prep or trad men’s blogs, but not a topic we have chatted about here at the Princess:

Powerhouse Books via Amazon

Take Ivy” is a cult classic, on a par with The Original Preppy Handbook for many trads.

Courtesy Powerhouse Books

The 1965 book hails from Japan, and is essentially a collection of candid photographs shot on Ivy League campuses.  As described on Amazon’s site:

“Madras plaid, Top-Siders, seersucker shorts, highwater trousers, tweed jackets, Brooks Brothers, J. Press, J. Crew. What comes to mind?”

The news part of our conversation is the upcoming English-language version of the book, due out this fall, a much-lauded event for those fond of classic/traditional styles.  J. Crew fans may be pleased to know there will also be a limited edition version of Take Ivy, slated for sale at the company’s Liquor Store location.  The upcoming release may be pre-ordered from the publisher, Powerhouse Books.

For more on Trad style vs. WASP style (aka ‘preppy’), Esquire’s March issue offered some distinguishing characteristics. Or pop over to Ivy Style for an easier read.

(Images courtesy Esquire.)

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We have two more quick Sales & Savings mentions:

J. Crew is promoting an additional 20% off sale merchandise online only; use promo code EXTRA20 to receive the savings. The offer is scheduled to end June 9.

Lord & Taylor’s Friends and Family sale is underway, offering an extra 25% off ‘almost everything,’ with a 10% discount on cosmetics.

Use FRIENDS as the discount code; if shopping person at L&T head over to the site and print out one of those ubiquitous coupons.

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We leave you with a question Tilly asked us to pass along. It seems she’s feeling a trifle insecure, for upon hearing us chat about this weeks Monday Tilly Pic, she asked “Does this picture make me look fat?”

Silly Tilly Hard at Work

So we replied, “Well dear, define that. As in, does a beached baby seal look fat?” She wept Tilly tears and we agreed to go with this angle instead.

Tilly's Better Side

Indeed.

(For those not fond of Twitter, the Monday Tilly Pics are merely a little feature where she tries to show her best side every week and we post the image on Twitpic.)

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LL Bean Signature Line Sneak Peek

Hello-Hello and Happy Wednesday!

How is everyone doing? Here at the Prepatorium we are clawing our way back to health (a tad overly dramatic, don’t you think?!) but the absentee rate at several local school districts is at 30 – 32%. Ouch.

We start with a look at a new collection from one of our faves, LL Bean.

Courtesy LL Bean via WWD

Courtesy LL Bean via WWD

The company’s new Signature line was revealed to fashion writers last week.

Courtesy Photo via WWD

Courtesy Photo via WWD

We have more details from this story in WWD (Women’s Wear Daily, subscription req’d.):

“…200-piece collection, split evenly between men’s and women’s, is clearly indebted to Bean’s past but the line marches into new territory with items like relaxed cotton suits and washed oxford dress shirts for him, and wrap dresses and sandal cork wedges for her.”

The company is engaged in a number of initiatives to broaden their appeal; some readers may recall this August post chatting about the return of Bean’s classic Norwegian sweater.  Here are more looks from the new collection:

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More from the WWD story:

“Carleton pulled in diverse bits of Americana, from the Forties, via Hepburn-style denim pants and jacket, to the early Eighties, by way of bleached plaid shirts and ringer polos. The influence of WASP casual also abounds in the oxford cloth dress shirt, madras blazer, sun-bleached knits, and leather moccasins.”

We have previously talked up award-winning designer Alex Carleton, occasionally featuring pieces from his Rogues Gallery line; Mr. Carleton was hired by Bean to oversee this collection. Below, styles from Rogues Gallery demonstrates why he was the perfect choice for the Signature line.

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He also designed for LL Bean before moving on to create the Rogues Gallery line.  Simply put, Mr. Carleton gets it – the lifestyle, the look, the legitimacy we all demand.  Below we see Mr. Carleton and a model at the press debut of the collection.

Courtesy GQ

Courtesy GQ

A number of looks for women:

Photo via Style List

Photo via Style List

The reaction from Style.com:

“Fittingly, the look ran from rugged (plaid button-downs, khakis) to more feminine (ditsy floral shirts, preppy striped knits, a little madras dress). There were also great accessories in leather carryalls, oversize totes, and cute macramé belts with tortoise buckles.”

Glam’s take on the new line:

“…a line of easy breezy separates that college prepsters and beach bound fashionistas will be coveting…”

This one has the potential for the Official Seal of Prepaliciousness.  The collection officially launches in March, you may want to bookmark this site for future reference.

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Reclining while recovering has allowed us to spend more time than usual browsing that unholy pile our carefully curated collection of magazines. While doing so yesterday we fell upon this photo in Elle.  Recognizing every single reader may have long ago seen (or perhaps posted) this image, we still felt compelled to share the pink and green fun.

Courtesy Elle.com

Photo: Thomas Whiteside/Elle

We have word a few Sales & Savings opportunities, beginning with the J. Crew Fall Sale.

Lord and Taylor is offering their version of Friends and Family.

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Use promo code FRIENDS at checkout to receive 25% off most merchandise.

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Recently we mentioned the newest version of the Armani phone; in the interest of equal time here is the new Dior phone.  If planning on one of these for a stocking stuffer you will need to make choices: color, plating and the recipient’s preference for sapphires or diamonds.

Courtesy Dior

Courtesy Dior

Don’t dawdle, they become available in December and it is possible they will go quickly.  Indeed.

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We close with these images accompanying Refinery 29’s story on four-legged beasts taking jobs away from human models – oh no!

Courtesy Opening Ceremony via Refinery 29

Courtesy Opening Ceremony via Refinery 29

Opening Ceremony is using these furry style stars to market the outstanding bow ties created by Alexander Olchs. Below, a few more looks at the dogs…. ummm, we mean the ties.

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It’s all about the ties. Absolutely it is.

Courtesy Opening Ceremony via Refinery 29

Courtesy Opening Ceremony via Refinery 29

Silly Tilly was feeling somewhat left out. We explained we knew there would be scads of opportunities in her future once she is out of her collar.

That made her feel much better and she returned to her normal state.

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She does love her sleep. (She loves her blue binky and burrows into it before sleeping. It is like watching a big blue mushroom move about the floor. She  is truly an amazing creature.)

Until next time dollfaces, may you and those you love stay healthy!



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“Penny Pinchers Go Preppy” & More Preppy Sales

Hello-Hello! Isn’t this turning into a busy week!

It is because of the slightly-controlled-chaos here at the Prepatorium that today’s post shall offer more pictures than prose, a circumstance we know you find heartbreaking. (Tee-hee.)

In today’s SOTTs (Sign of the Times) we refer to an excellent story on ‘preppy style’ from late last year. Yes, we somehow missed this one. We don’t know how this happened. We promise we shall never, ever let it happen again. Never. (Heh-heh. Silly Princess.)

The story, “Penny-Pinchers Go Preppy in Economic Downturn,” looks at how well retailers specializing in traditional clothing are faring.

“As trepidation over the economy takes hold of personal budgets and weighs on the minds of consumers, the timeless ethos of preppy has taken hold of the retail apparel sector…”

Prep style stalwart Brooks Brothers is mentioned, as are several other brands readers will recognize.  Anne Szustek’s story is a good read, found on a site new to us that we enjoy, Finding Dulcinea.

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We have a few more nautical items we simply can’t resist posting, beginning with the Ship-Shape Area Rug from one of our favorite places for gifts and other goodies, and for window shopping (in a cyber sort of way), Blue Barnacles.

Blue Barnacles

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There are pages and pages of just rugs in themes we all adore. There are bright and cheery themes like the Nautical Flags, as well as more sophisticated motifs, as seen in the Moray style.

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If seeking something a tad more casual in dinnerware for the cottage, the Code Flags melamine is an outstanding selection.

There are scads of tableware designs from beach-inspired to nautically inclined to everything in between! We leave Blue Barnacles with a peek at the Sailboat Bookends.

Of course, if looking for a nautical gift that is monogrammed or personalized, here at the Princess we can help you with goodies like the Anchors & Nautical Flags plate!

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Or the Anchor Stripes Platter, also loads of fun, an excellent wedding gift at $40.

Obviously the Boatman Geller Anchor notecards are a great fit, as are the Whitney English notecards.

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Lots of store openings this last week, including the new J. Crew in Malibu. It’s official name is J.Crew-at-the-Beach, and it is not your average Crew. There are custom surfboards, and it’s a little different: no Men’s merchandise, and a ‘shop in a shop’ concept allowing special merchandise to be showcased. The new store is actually located in the Lumber Yard, brand spanking new outdoor mall. We shall count on Muffy Martini for a review the next time she heads to the beach!

Other retail-related openings? The new Barneys in Chicago (enormous from what we hear), Roberto Cavalli in Bal Harbour, and Palm Beach Garden’s Lilly Pulitzer.  For a amazing account of the Lilly opening, you simply must toddle over to visit Miss Janice; she has the most captivating photos. (Pssst – you do not want to miss her shots of the dressing rooms!)

And though technically open since last fall, Kenneth Jay Lane ‘officially’ celebrates his new store at the Plaza this Thursday. (You know, the somewhat challenged retail area at the Plaza….?)

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We have a few sale reminders readers may find helpful; it seems every little bit helps in these challenging times, yes? We begin with Kate Spade now offering an Additional 20% Off Sale merchandise.

This is online only, and runs through April 24.  L&T is doing their Friends and Family event, with an “Extra 25% Off Almost Everything”.

The online promo code to use is FRIENDS. Also, J. Crew is running their Spring Sale.

And the folks at Bergdorf Goodman are also taking markdowns.

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In closing we share a quote from a story in Sunday’s WaPo about singing sensation and internet superstar Susan Boyle. It seemed appropriate as a “Quote of the Day”:

“We’re all tired of 23-year-old models trying to sing on TV. Susan is a 47-year-old spinster who, by God, can sing,” said Michael Nicolson, 64, the bingo caller at the community center where Boyle has volunteered.”

Any readers unfamiliar with Ms. Boyle, click here and do stay for all 7 minutes; you’ll be glad you did.

On that fun note, may your days be filled with sunshine and smiles!

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